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Is your child having difficulties with some subjects? Are you struggling to find the right way to help your child reach their full academic potential? Have you noticed that your child has certain academic interests and talents but you do not know how to help? It isn’t always easy to choose the best solution for your child and it’s ok to be uncertain! We’re here to assist you. Is your child having difficulties with some subjects? Are you struggling to find the right way to help your child reach their full academic potential? Have you noticed that your child has certain academic interests and talents but you do not know how to help? It isn’t always easy to choose the best solution for your child and it’s ok to be uncertain! We’re here to assist you.
Literacy and NumeracyEach year students from Years 3, 5, 7, and 9 are required to sit for common assessment tests in Literacy and Numeracy. The four sections are Reading, Writing, Language Conventions and Numeracy. In Years 3 and 5 there will be one test for each section. In Years 7 and 9 there are 2 tests for Numeracy – one with calculators allowed and the other without calculators allowed.
OutcomesThese tests usually take place in Term 2 and the results are generally published in Term 3. The result will provide information about a student’s achievement in relation to his or her cohorts as well a school’s average achievement. These results help a school evaluate its own teaching methods and identify students who may need more assistance.
How we can assistOften the questions presented in such tests can be tricky and are sometimes interpreted incorrectly. Even when children are good at the subject, they may not perform well because of this. At k12 we can assist your child with preparing for the test by giving lots of examples of the types of questions asked. The next NAPLAN test will take place between 10 to 12 May 2016 (dates taken from NAP site). To avoid last minute stress, we recommend starting preparation classes at the beginning of Term 1.
Who it is forOpportunity Classes (OC) in Years 5 and 6 and Selective High Schools in NSW are for children who have demonstrated that they are performing well above their year levels and well above their peers. The test are taken in Year 4 for the OC placement and in Year 6 for Selective High schools. Roughly one-third of those who sit the test will gain a placement. These schools or classes have programs that are much more intensive and challenging than in a regular class and as such students the requirements for qualification are targeted at those who are disciplined and enjoy challenges.
What is testedStudents are tested on their higher order thinking in English, Mathematics and General Ability. The tests focus on how well a child can think beyond what they have been taught in school. Each test is 40 minutes long. The tests have multiple-choice questions; 45 in reading, 40 in mathematics, and 60 in general ability.
How we can assistAt k12 is ready to give helping hand to children who want to be placed in these schools and classes. There are particular thinking strategies that are tested and it is possible to learn these strategies. The classes will be rigorous and we will focus on thinking strategies rather than merely doing practice tests. We want your child not just to succeed in the test but to be able to cope with the demands that these classes demand.
Private SchoolsSometimes you may want your child to attend a private school but the costs are prohibitive. Most private schools offer scholarships for deserving students. Some schools are very much in demand and they have implemented tests to help them select the most deserving students who want to attend their school. Tests are available for entry to both primary and secondary schools.
Independent Testing OrganisationsMost private schools use ACER Scholarship Tests while some use Academic Assessment Services. The tests assess for high skill levels and high thinking skills. The advantage of having independent testing organisations is that the student only does a test once and their score is sent to all the schools that they hope to attend.
How we can assistThe tests are highly competitive. The tests require strategic thinking as well as speed and accuracy. There may be many students who are able to answer the question but the schools are looking for those who can think quickly. At k12 we will assist in building the speed and accuracy required. Even if you do not want to attend a private school, preparing for such tests are a good way to challenge and extend your high performing child.
Maths Olympiad & GamesThe Maths Olympiad program consists of sets of challenging problem solving competitions for high performing students and is entered by invitation only. However for mainstream students these problem solving skills can be learnt by entering Maths Games.
ICASThe ICAS tests are aimed at helping parents and teachers track the progress of a student from year to year, and to see the current skill status of the student compared to the rest of the test population. This is the best diagnostic tool for skill assessment. There are tests in English, Mathematics, Digital Technologies, Science, Spelling and Writing.
Technology competitionsThere are two technology related competitions for school students. The Computational and Algorithmic Thinking (CAT) competition is mainly a problem solving competition and it goes for one hour. It aims to seek programming potential but no programming experience required. The Australian Information Olympiad (AIO) like the Maths Olympiad is aimed at at very high level of difficulty and targets problem solving through programming.
History & GeographyThe Australian History Competition for years 8 and 10 occurs during the month of May. The Geography competition is also held in May for student teams from all years of secondary schools and winners may be selected to represent Australia in an international competition.
Speaking CompetitionsThe NSW Arts Unit offers three different areas to compete in for those who are prepared to stand up and speak. Debating and Public Speaking competitions are designed for primary and secondary school teams whereas the Premier’s Spelling Bee competition is targeted at primary school students.
Writing ChallengeIn Australia there are some writing challenges and competitions arranged very often. These competitions have a more of fun and personal approach. Depending on the particular competition, winners are often awarded with a popular book or a similar gift and a certificate
Some useful information for gifted child
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